“The alert was given by a popular person who was walking on the top of the cliff at around 12:30 and saw something. The physiological similarities are the same: male, apparently young, which makes you want to be the missing youth, ”Pedro Fernandes da Palma, commander of the Port of Lagos, told Lusa.
Being in a “rocky area with difficult access, the body was removed by sea” by the speedboat from Sagres Lifeguard Station with the help of the Vila do Bispo Volunteer Firefighters and transported to the port of Baleeira, in Sagres, where the Health delegate will carry out “due diligence” and then “proceed with the identification of the corpse”, he said.
The body was found within the seven kilometers established for the searches, between the beach of Furnas and Cabanas Velhas, near the town of Salema.
The man in his 30s and a dual Belgian and Canadian nationality disappeared on Friday at around 16:30, after having entered the water – with another of German nationality – on an unattended beach and at a time when the sea presented a strong ripple.
The man disappeared in the waters “after having been in difficulties at sea and being dragged to a rocky area”. The other man managed to “reach the land by his own means,” said Pedro Fernandes Palma.
The searches started on Friday, continuing during that night with the tide out. They were resumed on Saturday with a helicopter from the Portuguese Air Force, with a speedboat from the Sagres lifeguard station, with elements from the maritime police, Vila do Bispo Volunteer Firefighters and military personnel from the Maritime Authority’s motorized surveillance system.
They continued today at eight in the morning only by land.
The Maritime Police, the ‘Amarok’ vehicle with two soldiers from the ‘SeaWatch’ project and the Voluntary Firemen of Vila do Bispo and by sea the Sagres Lifeboat Station using the SR-33 ′ were engaged in land searches.
PYD // PJA